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Auroville Green Practices Sustainable Habitats is a workshop aimed at deepening the understanding of a sustainably integrated approach to planning, designing and building of human habitats. A series of interactive workshop sessions, presentations and site visits based on the broad themes of planning and design, green building material, energy management, integrated water management, waste management and landscaping will be offered. It is a comprehensive learning program for professionals and young architects with a focus on integrated sustainable solutions for human habitats. Participants will get a rich and diverse exposure to various design approaches from all over the world.

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  • 1. SUSTAINABLE HABITATSArchitecture Programme for Professionals29 April - 2 May 2015Auroville Green Practices Sustainable Habitats is a workshop aimed at deepening the understandingof a sustainably integrated approach to planning, designing and building of human habitats. A series ofinteractive workshop sessions, presentations and site visits based on the broad themes of planning anddesign, green building material, energy management, integrated water management, waste manage-mentand landscaping will be offered. It is a comprehensive learning program for professionals and youngarchitects with a focus on integrated sustainable solutions for human habitats. Participants will get a richand diverse exposure to various design approaches from all over the world.

2. SUSTAINABLE HABITATS15-18 October 2014PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN ANDEVALUATIONTechnology based sustainability as solutions for Architectural design encompasses various visualaspects like balance, proportion, rhythm, emphasis and unity. And it also includes environmental as-pectslike context, climate and sustainability. Unlike the fine arts, architecture also has a scientific and asocioeconomic component , so it has to incorporate issues like equity, economy, utility and operationalsystems management.But architectural design is also much more than the sum of it is parts for it is ateam exercise between the designer, the user and the environment within which is it embedded.So, when it comes to the principles of architectural design, one has has no crutches of postulates andformulas to shore up uncertainty. Rather in a globalizing world, the architect is forever challenged towiden his /her own preferences and perception, as there are no unique solution for any given designproblem as the diversity of cultures and contexts allows for infinite aesthetic potentials.Facilitator:Suhasini Ayer-Guigan has over 20 years of experience in sustainable design, green building practices andplanning. She is the founder and principal architect of the Auroville Design Consultants. She is co-recipient ofthe Hassan Fathy Award for Architecture for the Poor in 1992 and recipient of the Design Share Award foreducational buildings in 2003 and 2005.www.agpworkshops.com 3. SUSTAINABLE HABITATS15-18 October 2014PARTICIPATORY DESIGNThis session is meant as an introduction to participatory planning and design. The first halfwill showcase some examples of such experiments within Auroville. In the second half wewill have an experiential session of one such model - co-creating cafe. The emphasis will beon creating and holding a space that allows to learn from each persons inner potential byrespecting each others viewpoints and by deep listening. This leads to a process of co-cre-ationwhere differing viewpoints and expertise get woven together into a fabric that is basedwww.agpworkshops.comon the highest common denominator of all participants.Facilitator:Mona graduated from the School of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad and did her masters inGermany on Appropriate Technology at Flensburg University. She is practicing in Auroville since1990. Her Studio offers a personalised approach to holistic solutions for designing and build-ing- stressing on research in the fields of Baubiology ( Building Biology) and activating the fivesenses through architecture, interiors and landscaping while combining beauty and functional-ity.Sustainability for her is a way of life and not an add-on. She has also been a core groupmember of the Dreamcatchers, a forum for envisioning and participatory city planning. 4. SUSTAINABLE HABITATS15-18 October 2014www.agpworkshops.comCLIMATOLOGYTechnology based sustainability as solutions for the issues and problems that arise out ofthe fossil fuel use has serious limitation especially for developing countries like India withits fast growing population and depleted ecological services. Climatology is a designbased sustainability that works within the natural systems of the place. From watershed andcontour-based site planning to intelligent envelope design for climatic comfort saving on theoperational energy inputs. It is also a system of adaptive design with active participation fromthe end user including life style changes to work towards reducing the negative impact ofurban development on nature.Facilitator:Suhasini Ayer-Guigan has over 20 years of experience in sustainable design, green building prac-ticesand planning. She is the founder and principal architect of the Auroville Design Consultants.She is co-recipient of the Hassan Fathy Award for Architecture for the Poor in 1992 and recipi-entof the Design Share Award for educational buildings in 2003 and 2005. 5. SUSTAINABLE HABITATS15-18 October 2014www.agpworkshops.comEARTHEN ARCHITECTUREThe course contains an introduction session about Earth Architecture and the diver-sityand universality of its global application. Participants will learn about particularearth techniques and building with arches, vaults and domes and will get hands onexperience in the production of Compressed Stabilised Earth Blocks (CSEB).Facilitator:Satprem Maini founded the Auroville Earth Institute in 1989 and has been develop-ing,consulting, teaching and promoting earthen building technologies and earthenarchitecture in several countries besides India. An internationally acknowledged ex-pert,he has been the representative for Asia of the UNESCO Chair Earthen Archi-tecture,Constructive Cultures and Sustainable Development since 2000, he is alsoa consultant for several United Nations programs and a member of the InternationalCentre of Earth Construction and Indian Society of Earthquake Technology (ISET).He studied at School of Architecture of Lyon (France)and holds a masters degree inEarthen Architecture from the School of Architecture, Grenoble (France). 6. SUSTAINABLE HABITATS15-18 October 2014LOCAL BUILDING MATERIALS (1)From the very beginning, Auroville architecture has been a rich field of experimentation. Some archi-tectsare more interested in form but others are concerned that the materials that they use shouldbe as environmentally sensitive and sustainable as possible. To this end, indigenous materials anddesigns have been adopted and adapted and other promising construction technologies, like re-inforcedearth blocks and ferrocement, have been developed or refined. Today, Auroville presentsa remarkable variety of styles, from simple thatch and mud houses to apartment complexes andpublic buildings.Facilitator:Mona graduated from the School of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad and did her masters in Germany onAppropriate Technology at Flensburg University. She is practicing in Auroville since 1990. Her Studio offers apersonalised approach to holistic solutions for designing and building - stressing on research in the fields ofBaubiology ( Building Biology) and activating the five senses through architecture, interiors and landscapingwhile combining beauty and functionality. Sustainability for her is a way of life and not an add-on. She hasalso been a core group member of the Dreamcatchers, a forum for envisioning and participatory city plan-ning.She is currently a member of LAvenir d Auroville, Aurovilles Town Planning and Development Group.www.agpworkshops.com 7. SUSTAINABLE HABITATS15-18 October 2014LOCAL BUILDING MATIERIALSThis session introduces a method in which modern and traditional materials can be usedin contemperorary structures. Participants will be introduced to conceptual features be-hindwww.agpworkshops.comthe design and get to know about various alternative building materials used .Facilitator:EartHauz Architecture & Design was established in 2004 by Manu Gopalan. It is located atthe International House in Auroville. The current focus of the firm is to develop Intermedi-ateTechnology in construction using 100% natural & recycled materials, participatory designand self-help construction. EartHauz is committed to the conception and construction of builtenvironment that is essentially ecological, site specific, climatically responsive and respectingvernacular traditions. 8. SUSTAINABLE HABITATS15-18 October 2014www.agpworkshops.comWASTE MANAGEMENTWhether it is toxic effluent from factories flowing into neighbouring rivers, tons of trash dumped il-legallyand then igniting to release toxic fumes, or human waste deposited along the streets of citiesor towns waste is a daunting challenge facing todays India. Fortunately there is hope, springingup like wildflowers in small instances throughout the country.Aurovilles efforts in waste management, including its prevention and treatment, contribute in part tothese solutions.Facilitator:Lucas is a doctor trained in medicine at the University of Mainz, Germany. He has over fourteen years ex-periencein the fields of public hygiene with focus on public health related to environment. He coordinateda Unicef program addressing water management in Tamil Nadu schools and has produced a number ofeducational materials about sanitation and water management. He founded AuroAnnam, a business unit ofAuroville in 2000 to promote organic farming and ecological sanitation. He is also the founder of Eco-Pro, abusiness unit specializing in EM (Effective Microorga 9. SUSTAINABLE HABITATS15-18 October 2014ECOLOGICAL SANITATIONEcological sanitation recognizes human excreta and water from households not as a wastebut as resources that can be recovered, treated where necessary, and safely used again. Ittries to minimize the reliance on external inputs like water while simultaneously reducing theoutput of waste from the system. Composting and dry toilets are part of a wider ecologicalsanitation effort. Urine diversion toilets prevent urine and faeces from getting mixed. Thesetoilets make it possible to manage urine, faeces or excreta with little or no water and to keeppotentially infectious waste products out of ground and surface waters. The demand forwastewater treatment is red